Finally there has been reports of more hummers moving north. And many of the reports have only been in just the last week especially Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in such far northern locations as Wisconsin, Michigan, Vermont, Maine and Canada. The same influx of Broad-tailed Hummingbirds into Colorado and Utah, as well as Black-Chinned into northern locations, has been reported since the first of May. I saw my first hummer of the year, a Black-chinned female, near my home in Colorado just a few days ago.
If you didn’t see the earlier maps I have posted, I am only posting on Ruby-throated, Broad-tailed and Black-chinned Hummingbirds and only for spring migration as I do my best to weed out the overwintering hummers in very southern states. And though larger numbers of hummers are being reported, I am still seeing recent posts from folks who have yet to see hummers this year.
Finally hummers have been reported for sites in Canada on Ebird so I have added a Canada map. You can read why I choose to use reports from Ebird, and a little about the unusually early hummer reports on other sites, on my April hummer update.
Folks posting on this blog and other sites have reported that hummers were late, on time and a few early. Migration timing seems to have been a mixed bag so far this spring. I have seen speculation that the unusually early reports in northern areas may have been hummers that had overwintered in southern U.S., a theory I have had since I saw reports all the way into Canada in March. It is certainly logical that hummers that were in the U.S. would have been aware of the early warm temperatures that might have encouraged them to move north very early while the majority of hummers that were wintering down in Central America had no idea of the unusually early warm spell in North America.
I hope if you don’t have hummers at your flowers and feeders yet that you do soon. Remember that some hummers will only stop by as they migrate on to their nesting area elsewhere.
Here are my tips for welcoming migrating hummers. Plus Birds and Blooms Magazine has a whole Hummingbird Haven web section.
Have hummers been on time where you live, or have they been late or early?